Ariana Grande Statement: Manchester Benefit Concert Announced

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Ariana Grande Statement Manchester

By Shari Weiss |

Ariana Grande Statement Manchester

attends the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Ariana Grande announced a benefit concert for Manchester on Friday, days after her show in the city was the site of a deadly terrorist attack. See statement below.

As Gossip Cop reported, there was an explosion at the end of Grande’s concert on Monday when a suicide bomber detonated a nail bomb. The bombing led to 22 deaths and more than 100 injuries. Grande was unharmed physically, but not emotionally. Hours after the attack, she tweeted, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

Now, however, Grande has released a lengthy statement on Twitter and Instagram in which she reflects on the tragedy and discusses how she plans to move forward with the victims in mind. The statement reads:

“My heart, prayers and deepest condolences or with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones. There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way. The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out. I have been thinking of my fans, and of all of you, nonstop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you’ll ever know. The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened on Monday. YOU are the opposite. I am sorry for the pain and fear that you must be feeling and for the trauma that you, too, must be experiencing. We will never be able to understand why events like this take place because it is not in our nature, which is why we shouldn’t recoil. We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.

I don’t want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me. Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously then we did before. I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families. I want to think my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be a part of our expression of love from Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed.

From the day we started putting the ‘Dangerous Woman Tour’ together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe space for my fans. A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves. To meet their friends they’ve made online. To express themselves. This will not change that. When you look into the audience at my shows, you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd. Thousands of people, incredibly different, all there for the same reason, music. Music is something that everyone on Earth can share. Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us. We will continue in honor of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”

Grande signed the statement “Ari.” She also tweeted a link to a JustGiving fundraiser in partnership with the British Red Cross. And after the pop star shared her remarks, manager Scooter Braun wrote on Twitter, “We cannot be scared by evil. So proud of @ArianaGrande and all the others committed to honoring those lost.”

He added, “We are with you Manchester.” As Gossip Cop reported, Grande’s tour was canceled for the forseeable future in the wake of the attack. We will continue to have updates as appropriate.

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